Niese has gone 1-3 with a 7.11 ERA in the month of September, and he will finish with a 9-10 record and a 4.20 ERA in 2010.
After his start, Niese spoke with reporters and essentially said the season, especially lately has been a learning experience for him, and when asked what he had taken away from it, he basically said he learned not to “give up”.
In yesterday’s outing in particular, Niese had very little bite on his off-speed pitches, and he mostly floated a lot of them in the middle of the plate. I immediately thought to myself it was the result of fatigue, but there is no way to know for sure.
Prior to Niese speaking with reporters, SNY’s Bobby Ojeda had some strong words about Niese’s most recent efforts, and for the most part I agreed with his sentiment, but one thing I think should be noted is Niese is in unchartered territory with his innings, so his struggles could simply be the result of both mental and physical fatigue – it’s not an excuse at all, because if he’s going to be a big leaguer, he needs to learn how to withstand the trials of a 162 game schedule, and hopefully October, and so going into Spring Training in 2011, I would expect he will take the next step with his maturity, and prepare appropriately in the off-season, should that be his primary problem.